The Glass Kitchen Giveaway – Win a Copy of Linda Francis Lee’s newest book!

by Carilyn on October 15, 2014


You’ve met my sister, Linda, on this blog before. I tend to be a little braggy about her because I think she’s perfect. I want to be like her when I grow up. In my mind, she will always be Barbie – tall, blonde, beautiful – and I will always be Skipper – shorter, less glamorous and unable to drive the convertible. And I’m absolutely okay with that because, despite their differences, Barbie and Skipper are always a team.

Growing up, Linda was the one who always organized the “fun” stuff in our family: games of Spades around the kitchen table, oatmeal cookie baking marathons, “makeovers” for me and our mom, cheer practice in the grass, and singing practice (with the requisite hairbrush microphone) in the bedroom we shared. She also taught me the important girl things like how to tweeze my eyebrows (“Don’t start if you don’t plan to keep it up. Nothing looks worse than scraggly eyebrows.”), how to sing on key, how to drive a car, and most importantly, how to walk away when someone treats you badly. Linda taught me how to get through life with fewer bumps and bruises.

Now that we are full-fledged grown ups and living on opposite sides of the country, we don’t get to spend as much time sitting next to each other on the couch, going through old yearbooks (we called them ‘annuals’ growing up), laughing like deranged hyenas at our hairdos (I wasn’t as adept at coiffure as she), our outfits (I tended towards sporty, she tended towards trendy), and the boys we liked and hated (I will just leave that one alone). But, our distance hasn’t stopped us from talking for hours every week, usually about nothing important (What are you eating? Do you like Giuliana Rancic’s new haircut?) to things that are very important (Dad has cancer. Grant was in an accident.), and of course, the celebrations (Dad is going to be okay! Grant is going to be okay!). We often have to force ourselves off the phone because the “And one last thing”s will go on forever. We like to chat. We like each other. Both require time and nurturing.

When I started this blog several years ago, Linda was very encouraging. She knew I liked to write, but she knew I liked to run more. “So write about running,” she said. And I did. When my posts started to veer more and more towards food, she said, “So write about food AND running.” So I am. And, like every other part of my life, from my kids to my races to my meals, Linda pays attention and cares about all of them. She loves my kids, she loves my running, and she loves my food. She was the first person who asked me to cook for her. This is very different from cooking for someone and having them just say, “Thank you”. Rather, it is someone telling you they love what you do and would like to share it again. I’ve been cooking for her ever since.

The Glass Kitchen is an homage to sisters and cooking and all the love in between. It is a wonderful book, full of soul, and beauty, and light – just like my sister. I know you will love it as much as I did, so that’s why I want you to have a copy!

Leave a comment below and I will pick one at random to receive a copy of The Glass Kitchen. Good luck!




M @readeatwriterun October 15, 2014 at 6:22 am

We’re so lucky to have sisters who are also friends! Mine is geographically closer tho we rarely get to see each other. We’re 13 yrs apart (she’s older) but we’ve grown into our friendship and she’s been a role model for me my whole life. She’s amazing and incredibly supportive of me in everything I do. She also taught me to read, a gift beyond measure.
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Iris Moon Ensley October 15, 2014 at 6:24 am

I enjoy your simple recipes. Thank you!

Janet Wiebe October 15, 2014 at 6:39 am

Hi Carilyn, I love Linda’s books and would be thrilled to have a copy of The Glass Kitchen. What a gift sisters are to us, best friends till the end. Thanks for the giveaway!!

Joni October 15, 2014 at 6:44 am

Even if I don’t win I need to buy a copy & read this !!!

Linda May October 15, 2014 at 6:46 am

Love your sister’s books & sure would like to win one. This is so generous of you to want to do this for her readers.

Tina Brannan October 15, 2014 at 6:47 am

Love your blog! The Glass Kitchen sounds perfect!

Patricia Lamagno October 15, 2014 at 6:54 am

I love your sisters books & your recipes! My sis is the “Chef” in our famuly & I adore her & all the sishes she’s made for me & others!

Bette October 15, 2014 at 7:09 am

I love what you wrote about your sister. Makes me wish I had one. I have two brothers.

Laurie Blum October 15, 2014 at 7:15 am

I have 2 sisters & would LOVE to win a copy of The Glass Kitchen to read, review and share with my sibs <3

Darlene October 15, 2014 at 7:24 am

I think that it is wonderful to have a sister you can count on. I have four sisters and we all truly care about one another. It is great to know that you can call to talk about good or bad times and she is there to cheer you on. Linda actually sent me over here from her fb page to try to win this book!! Thanks for the chance, this sounds like it will be another great book by her. 🙂

Bridget Taylor October 15, 2014 at 7:37 am

So nice that you sisters are close. I am an only child, but am close to my sister in law.

Shantell Whitney October 15, 2014 at 7:43 am

I love your sister’s books. Adding another to my collection would be awesome. PIck me, Pick me! Have a great day!!! 🙂

Kathleen Kellenbenz October 15, 2014 at 8:11 am

The book sounds great. You have such a good relationship with your sister, I would love to have that. I have two sisters, one older and one younger we never had that kind of relationship. My older sister neverr even called when my mother past.


Suzanne Fine October 15, 2014 at 8:20 am

Thanks for the chance to win!! Love her writing!

Logan Collins October 15, 2014 at 8:40 am

I am dying to read this book!

Annette Herbst October 15, 2014 at 8:53 am

Thanks for the chance Ive been waiting to read this

anne October 15, 2014 at 9:26 am

I am captivated with The Glass Kitchen and would treasure this beautiful book which resounds with me. Sisters always have a unique relationship which is precious and rare. I know that I do with my sister. Wishing you the best of health, happiness, adventures and success. Thanks for this delightful post and giveaway.

Debbie October 15, 2014 at 9:39 am

I want one!! Signed. I’ll buy it from you. Bring it to DS.

Kate October 15, 2014 at 9:46 am

Ooh…I don’t have any sisters (though plenty of sisters-in-law), but I do love reading. 🙂
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Marcia October 15, 2014 at 9:49 am

Awww what a sweet relationship you and your sis have! I’d love to win a copy of this book!

Sharon Lapsley October 15, 2014 at 10:01 am

What a lovely relationship you and Linda have, true sisterhood! I wish I got along with my sisters like that. I love Linda’s book The Glass Kitchen, so I really really hope this comment gets me that free copy of the book. God Bless you both!

Kim October 15, 2014 at 10:32 am

I love this sweet tribute to your sister – she sounds every bit as wonderful as you!!!
If I don’t win I’m going to just have to buy this book for my Nook!!!
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Theresa Wallace Lopez October 15, 2014 at 10:44 am

What a beautiful description of a special relationship. I never had a sister but would live to read the book. Thank you.

Patricia Shilts October 15, 2014 at 10:59 am

Waiting patiently to read this book!

Jenna Grossarth October 15, 2014 at 11:25 am

So cool.
I have two sisters, and I have four daughters. Sisters are amazing.

Tomi Rues October 15, 2014 at 12:28 pm

Sounds to me like she is as lucky to have you as you are her!

Kirstin C October 15, 2014 at 1:54 pm

Ha! Skipper!
How cool that your sister has a book! What a beautiful cover. Is it just me or do the best books always manage to make food a part of the story!
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Amary October 15, 2014 at 2:07 pm

Sisters are the best

Audrey Tollefson October 15, 2014 at 2:13 pm

I’d love to win this book. I am lucky to have 5 sisters.

Julie Parrish October 15, 2014 at 2:20 pm

Would love to read this!

Char October 15, 2014 at 2:25 pm

Pick me! Pick me! I read and have sisters – four of them. And we all cook.
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Cynthia Avery October 15, 2014 at 2:28 pm

I would love to read it!

Pam October 15, 2014 at 2:33 pm

Love the cover of your book! I’ll have to try that. I’m one on 7 sisters so your book sounds good!

Sara October 15, 2014 at 2:38 pm

I would absolutely love to win a copy. I have been searching and searching for a new book/author to read, and this sounds perfect!!

Pat Williams October 15, 2014 at 2:42 pm

My budget doesn’t allow for buying new releases, but I’ve been looking diligently for Linda’s past books. They are hard to find.

Kristy Petree October 15, 2014 at 4:00 pm

I would love a copy of your sister’s book, sounds like a great story. 🙂 Thanks for the great giveaway chance!

Cheryl Stanifer October 15, 2014 at 5:27 pm

Love LFL’s books. Would love The Glass Kitchen, haven’t got to it yet. It would be awesome.

Cheryl Stanifer October 15, 2014 at 5:27 pm

Love LFL’s books. It would be awesome.

Becky October 15, 2014 at 7:25 pm

It’s about time I read one of your sister’s books. If she writes as well as you do I know I’ll love it!

Susan Cutt October 15, 2014 at 7:36 pm

Sisters….sisters..what a great opportunity. Always enjoy your blog!

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